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Foreign law: United Kingdom

UK legal system

UK flag'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was established in 1801 with the union of Great Britain and Ireland, but only achieved its present form in 1922, with the partition of Ireland and the establishment of the independent Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland).' 

Read more at: 

A Guide to the UK Legal System (GlobaLex)

United Kingdom Law Library Guide (University of Oxford) 

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Key databases


Court System

Look at the Structure of the Courts & Tribunal System (Judiciary UK)

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases.

The authorised series of law reports are The Law Reports (published by the ICLR) available only on ICLR.3 Online

See the Lord Chief Justice Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities 2012 for a guide to the hierarchy and status of law reports.

Use JustisOne to find the citations of UK cases.

See Hein Online for English Law Reports Pre-1865

Check Legal Abbreviations.

Law reports:  A number of law reports are listed below. Check Search or the key UK databases for other report series and cases.

Comprehensive guides by Jurisdiction

Comprehensive guides to the legal systems, cases, legislation and more, from Oxford University, Bodleian Law Library.